Stop to Remember the Golden Moments

With summer absolutely flying by {hello, August!} and life feeling more non-stop then ever, enjoying little moments has never seemed more necessary. Stopping on a mid-summer’s walk to smell the roses {better yet, actually making time for a mid-summer walk!} is exactly what I yearn for right now. Days off don’t always have to be met with itineraries as long as my arm. Why not create a day with “to do: NOTHING!” written in big capital letters! While the beach, the park or wine country might be calling, there’s something to be said for hanging out at home and simply appreciating what’s right in front of you.


Sifting through stacks of books, rearranging favorite collectibles and reliving experiences through travel souvenirs is both relaxing and invigorating! The exercise allows you to slow down and reconnect with the mementos, and thereby both the small “golden” moments of your life that often go overlooked in our busy day-to-day. Rethinking how these moments live inside your home is a tried and true way to refresh your environment, but it’s also a great way slow the unrelenting tick of time. Taking them off their shelves, even if it’s just for a fresh dusting, not only revives your memories but also your space. Not to mention, playing with your collectibles is fun too! ;)


Do you have a few golden moments in your home that could use a refresh? Get them down from their forgotten shelves or unearth fresh memories hidden in boxes and have fun rearranging them, regrouping them and maybe even adding a new piece or two. Like a stack of old photos, they’ll bring back wonderful memories and inspire you continue to make new ones!


What are your favorite ways to relive summers past? Maybe it’s reminiscing by way of displaying your grandmother’s beloved necklace or rereading a favorite book from your childhood. Or perhaps reliving the sweet sensation of biting into a delicious ice cream bar is all you need to remember to savor your day!


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original photography for apartment 34 Aubrie Pick // art direction + styling + graphic Bianca Sotelo 

How to Connect the Dots on a Monday

Mondays suck- it’s a universally agreed upon fact. It’s right up there with the sky is blue and the most jealousy-ridden news of 2014: Eva Mendes is in fact, having Ryan Gossling’s baby. She just took all living hope right out from under us. There is no chance any of us are having Ryan’s first born because hey, we had a chance, ok?! But back to Mondays sucking and connecting the dots. After copious amounts of coffee, we like to exercise our brain to fully wake up. It helps get our juices flowing for the week and we do this by looking for connections in unlikely places.

Frequently, things just go together like two peas in a pod {like Eva and Ryan….le sigh} and it’s fun to look for those connections. It makes you feel slightly accomplished, like you’ve discovered a crazy scientific pattern that no one has seen yet. It’s also a preferable substitute to playing games that were invented to make you feel stupid, like Sudoku or the NY Times crossword puzzle. And besides being pretty to look at, we’re almost 100% certain that shopping Net-A-Porter for color coded lacy bras and matching them to the imaginary girl who lives in the badass room below is similar to brushing our teeth with our left hand- it’s sure to keep our precious brains healthy!

Without further ado:


We’re obsessed with this room and it’s funky flair. A leather jacket, designer skateboard {talk about a decor statement!} and nods of glamour mean a bad ass chick lives here, we’re sure of it.


Get Your Shop On:

> West Elm Souk Wool Rug
> ABJ Glassworks Cosmos Geo Group
> Steven Alan x West Elm Abstract Crewel Pillow
> The Kate Moss Book
> Calypso St. Barth Carre Stool
> Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soy Wax Candle
> Specimen Editions Cement Wood Pendant
> Calypso St. Barth Moroccan Wedding Pouf


Oh look! Maybe it’s Leandra? Or some other fashionista rockin’ the dress du jour: The Shirt Dress. We’re loving the classic look with a mix of some accessories that scream “my closet is cooler than yours.” And can we talk about reinventing the shirt dress over pants? Duly noted for Fall.

Get Your Shop On: 

> Belted Leather Biker Jacket
> Ray Ban Gold Aviator 
> Calico Shirt Dress {great price for a piece you can wear year round!}
> Yasmine Eslami Lace Bra
> Lanvin “Me” Parfume
> J. Crew “Sophie” Crossbody Bag
> Vince “Nolan” Wedge Sandal
> J.Crew High Shine Wide Cuff



And just in case you weren’t picking up what we were throwing down {we get it- it’s Monday and connecting the dots can be tough!}, this resort collection matches our color palette, so we think it belongs in this post too.

There you have it. We feel smarter already. We encourage you to take some time every Monday morning to connect the dots. You’ll be pretty proud of what you come up with! –Bianca


image 1 via Husligheter // 2 via A Love is Blind // 3 via The Polysh // 4 via Radar Magazine // 5 via Cédric Charlier

We’ve Got A Crush

Things are slowing down for the summer. Can you feel it? Our inbox is overflowing with away messages, wanderlust is taking on a new meaning as we watch friends frolic in exotic locations via Instagram and the sun outside is calling us away from our desk more often than not. Luckily, there is still good inspiration to be had all over the web that keeps us from completely blowing things off! Lately, we’ve got a crush on…

Minimal yet bold graphic design…


The green and golden tones of figs and honey atop homemade yogurt…


Floating book shelves, black floors and backward-styled books to show off their wonderfully monochromatic worn pages…


Matching a gold color block wall to your outfit…


And wall weavings that are far from hippy!


What’s keeping you on your working toes this week? If you need more inspiration to get you through hump day, CLICK HERE.

image 1 via Inbaloza for Le Salon // 2 via April and May photography by Phu Tang // 3 via Svenska Maklarhuset // 4 via Ordinary People  // 5 via All Roads